1 While many international treaties explicitly reserve the use of spaces and exploitation of their resources for peaceful purposes, no uniform and universally accepted definition of the term ‘peaceful purposes’ seems to exist. Possible meanings range from ‘non-aggressive’ to, much more restrictedly, ‘non-military’. The example of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea shows that even under the framework of a single treaty regime, references being made to the peaceful purposes clause do not necessarily bear the same legal meaning (see para. 20 below). Taking into...
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